Miami's Graduate School provides numerous assistantships, associateships, scholarships, and grants-in-aid. Because these awards vary with each area of study, check with your program for specific information regarding deadlines and requirements.
Every student is assigned a dollar amount for Cost of Attendance (COA) based on your campus, housing plan, residency, and enrollment status. The COA includes tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, personal expenses, and transportation. A student may not receive aid in excess of the COA. Graduate students receiving an assistantship in exchange for teaching, research, or working on campus are paid a stipend and receive an instructional fee waiver. If a student receives a graduate assistantship, the fee waiver is considered an additional aid resource and is used in the formula to determine financial need. In order to remain compliant with federal regulations, the amount of a graduate assistantship is subtracted from the COA to determine the student's remaining financial aid eligibility. (For example, if your COA is $30,000, and you have a graduate assistantship for $10,000, you have financial aid eligibility of $20,000. If you have no other aid resources, you can borrow loans up to that amount.)
You must notify the Office of Student Financial Assistance of an assistantship or fee waiver of any kind. Once we are notified of your fee waiver, we may be required to make adjustments to your financial aid. Adjustments may occur at any time during the semester: before or after your aid is awarded, before or after disbursement, or even after you receive a refund.